A Riverside, CA father is charged with assaulting and imprisoning a 23 year old man after he allegedly sent an explicit photo to the man’s daughter. According to the Press-Enterprise, a judge in French Valley said the father will stand for multiple felony offenses, including assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a stun gun, making criminal threats, and false imprisonment.
The incident stems from a so-called sexting incident, where the 23 year old allegedly “sexted” a photo of his genitals to the daughter via his cell phone. While under California law, this could have potentially resulted in a sex offense charge for the young man, the situation changed when the girl’s father took matters into his own hands.
According to the news reports, the father lured the man to his home, threatened him with a shotgun, including firing the weapon in the air, ordered the man to strip to his underwear, tied him up, and assaulted him with a taser/stun gun. California has a specific assault statute just for assault with a stun gun. He then threatened to bury him on a nearby Indian reservation.
While most parents can understand the impulse to protect a child, there is little doubt that this man went way over the line. He could potentially face years in prison for the assault and multiple felony charges.
The young man in question claims the sexting incident was a “joke”, which is certainly plausible. The facts indicated that this man was friends with the young woman and her brother.
Though it is undeniable that a 23 year old is far too old to be acting this way with a minor girl, one has to wonder about the influence of the Brett Favre sexting case as a precursor to this incident.
That certainly doesn’t excuse it, but it may partially explain it.